West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Students are the key to WVSOM’s commitment to improving health care. The Admissions Committee strives to fill each class with students motivated toward primary care in rural communities; seeking students who share the school’s commitment to rural health care, as well as aptitude, maturity, ability to relate to people, motivation for osteopathic medicine, personal conduct, and scholarship.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Donna Varney
Application fee $80
AMCAS application accepted No
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
February 28 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification September 15 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 14
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due by 03/15
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.45
Oldest MCAT considered 2010
Average MCAT scores 8.0 MCAT composite score
8.4 biological
7.6 physical sciences
8.0 verbal reasoning
O writing
Required undergraduate coursework
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Full-time faculty 57
Part-time faculty 142
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 23
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 0
Full-time faculty in clinical program 34
Part-time faculty in clinical program 142

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $0.0
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 0
Principal investigators (PIs) 0
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 0

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Alleghany Regional Hospital Princeton Community Hospital
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital Raleigh General Hospital
Bluefield Regional Medical Center Reynolds Memorial Hospital
Braxton County Memorial Hospital River Park Hospital
CAMC Teays Valley Roane General Hospital
Cabell Huntington Hospital Selby General Hospital
Camden Clark Hospital Sharpe Hospital
Catawba State Hospital Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
Charleston Area Medical Center Southern Ohio Medical Center
City Hospital St. Francis Hospital
Clarksburg VA Medical Center St. Joseph’s Hospital
Davis Memorial Hospital St. Josephs Hospital
East Ohio Regional Hospital St. Mary’s Medical Center
Fairmont General Hospital Summers County ARH
Frederick Memorial Hospital Summersville Memorial Hospital
Garden City Osteopathic Hospital The Washington Hospital
Grant Memorial Hospital Thomas Memorial Hospital
Greenbrier Valley Medical Center Toledo Hospital and Children’s Hospital
Hampshire Memorial Hospital Trinity East
Jackson General Hospital Trinity West
Jefferson Memorial Hospital United Hospital Center
Logan Regional Medical Center VA Medical Center of Beckley
Marietta Memorial Hospital War Memorial Hospital
Martinsburg VA Medical Center Warren Memorial Hospital
Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital Weirton Medical Center
Ohio Valley Medical Center Welch Emergency Hospital
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Wetzel County Hospital
Plateau Medical Center Wheeling Hospital
Pleasant Valley Hospital Williamson Memorial Hospital
Potomac Valley Hospital Winchester Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
WVSOM provides extensive clinical contact throughout the program. Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations and extensive use of robotics are components of the WVSOM learning track. The clinical years utilize clinician preceptors throughout the state as well as clinical settings outside of WV. Clinical years include at least three months of rural rotations and emphasize primary care.

Medical School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Research
Rank Not Published Best Primary Care

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#12 in Family medicine
#12 in Rural medicine

Research Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 1.8
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $0.0
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $0.00

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.1
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 66.1% – High

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.45
MCAT composite score 8.0
Acceptance rate 12.4% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Total medical school enrollment 813

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 813
In-state students 29.2%
Minority students 21.2%
Underrepresented minority students 4.8%
International students 0.0%
Non-traditional students 62.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Sharon L. Howard
Financial aid phone (800) 356-7836


Full-time: $19,950 (in-state)
Full-time: $49,950 (out-of-state)
Required fees $200
Room and board $14,460
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $229,132

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 94%
Students receiving loans 88%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 19%
Students receiving work study 3%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program 65.0%
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 80.8%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology obstetrics and gynecology
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice psychiatry
internal medicine surgery – general
neurology transitional year

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 66.1% – High
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 20.0%